Bursting with beautiful and inspiring gardens, Linda O’Keeffe’s Inside Outside easily delivers on it’s promise on being a sourcebook. Highlighting the way the garden mirrors the design put into interior design, each garden featured speaks to a particular element within an overarching concept such as symmetry within space.

Depending on your own taste, each of the gardens will appeal more or less but each has it’s purpose and I found the accompanying text insightful and informative. Most of the designs are far too elaborate to be implemented in my own garden. This didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as the principles most certainly can be applied!

If you are looking to understand better the structure behind gorgeous gardens and be inspired by the innovations of other gardeners, this book is for you! It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-meant scale!

From the back cover:

An outdoor room is an extension of the home—a space that can used for entertaining, relaxing, cooking, playing, swimming, and more. In spaces large and small, outdoor rooms offer a retreat from daily life and a connection to nature. In Inside Outside, Linda O’Keefe—former creative director of Metropolitan Home—inspires readers to create outdoor living spaces that offer an oasis of comfort and style. O’Keefe uses the language of interior design to inform her approach to exterior design, focusing on space, structure, movement, mood, and furniture. Inside Outside is filled with private gardens from North America and Europe that are inspiring and illustrative examples. Readers will learn about the importance of structure from a garden in New York’s Hudson Valley, the role of color from a home in Santa Monica, the element of surprise from a backyard in Paris, and much more. Stylishly designed and filled with hundreds of photographs, Inside Outside is a must-have for design-obsessed homeowners and gardeners. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Timber Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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